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Vancouver (British Columbia), Aug 28 (Canadian-Media): Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced Aug 28 at Terramera, a Vancouver-based clean-technology company specializing in sustainable agricultural practices, of Canada's partnership with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employers across Canada to create 900 internship opportunities for students through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program.
The Minister was joined by Ajay Patel, President and CEO of Vancouver Community College; Karn Manhas, Terramera founder and CEO; and Melody Sizer, a former Science Horizons intern, now full-time Terramera employee.
“I encourage students and businesses to take part in this fantastic program aimed at creating jobs for youth in the clean-technology sector. As Canada continues to safely restart our economy and build a more sustainable future, your skills, passion, and expertise will help to scale up our efforts to fight climate change and reach our goals of being net zero by 2050,” said Wilkinson in a news release.
Run by independent, third-party organizations (delivery agents), Science Horizons has been operation for more than 20 years and has delivered over 5500 internship opportunities in Canada. Selected via an open call for proposals, Delivery agents for 2020–21 are BioTalent Canada, Clean Foundation, Colleges and Institutes Canada, ECO Canada, and the United Nations Association in Canada.
With its commitment to support students, Government of Canada is promoting news skills developed by them in the fight against climate change and support the growth of the clean economy to build a cleaner, more prosperous future.
Science Horizons, now open for 2020–21 applications, supports jobs in clean-technology sectors by offering internships to recent post-secondary graduates in STEM, including opportunities for Indigenous graduates, graduates from rural and remote areas, and women in STEM fields.
A funding of up to $15,000 by Science Horizons is available to employers for each intern they hire, and interns will receive experience working on environmental projects lasting six to twelve months. About 90 percent of interns secure a full-time job or return to school after their internship.
Funding is part of a $600 million investment under the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy to organizations that deliver a range of activities helping youth overcome barriers to employment and develop a broad range of skills and knowledge to participate in the current and future labour market.
“The ability to attract and develop top talent from across BC and Canada is a source of our strength and innovation. Our interns through the Science Horizons Youth Internship Program have helped us become the mission-driven, collaborative, and innovative company we are today. We extend our thanks to Minister Wilkinson and Environment and Climate Change Canada for nurturing programs like this one, which create opportunities in the innovation economy. These are the jobs that will help lead our province and our country to economic strength and recovery in these challenging times and beyond,” said Karn Manhas, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Terramera in the news release.